House Joins Senate in Appointing Conferees for Water Resources Bill

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, the House named conferees for negotiations with the Senate on water infrastructure legislation. The Senate named its conferees last week. Now that the conference committee is established, conferees will work to resolve differences between the House version of the water resources bill, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr3080ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr3080ih NULL.pdf), which was approved by the House on October 23, and the Senate’s bill, the Water Resource Development Act of 2013 (S. 601) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s601es/pdf/BILLS-113s601es NULL.pdf), passed by the Senate on May 15. Both the House and Senate bills would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ port and waterways infrastructure investments. Major differences in the House and Senate bills include the overall spending levels and the amount of Congressional oversight for project authorization. The Senate bill authorizes $12 billion in water projects while the House authorized level is $8 billion. The Senate bill lays out specific criteria for projects, but the Army Corps of Engineers would retain authority over project selection. The House bill includes a process under which the Corps would submit proposed projects to Congress who would have the power to approve or disapprove them.

The House conferees are: Rob Bishop (R-UT), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Larry Buschon (R-IN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), John Duncan (R-TN), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Sam Graves (R-MO), Janice Hahn (D-CA), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Doc Hastings (R-WA), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Candace Miller (R-MI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Tom Rice (R-SC), Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Daniel Webster (R-FL).

The Senate conferees are: John Barrasso (R-WY), Max Baucus (D-MT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), James Inhofe (R-OK), David Vitter (R-LA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

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